News Releases 2008

Kuraray Registers Cement-Reinforcing KURALON Fiber for Highly Crack-Resistant, Air-Blown Slope Surface Mortar under Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's New Technology Information System (NETIS)

February 26, 2008
Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Cement-reinforcing KURALON fiber

Kuraray recently registered its cement-reinforcing KURALON synthetic fiber under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's New Technology Information System (NETIS)(*). Allocated the registration number CG-070010, there are plans to take this opportunity to actively develop this type of KURALON fiber—already widely used in public works and construction materials, which benefit from its special properties, such as superior adhesion to cement and high chemical and weather resistance levels—for other applications, such as air-blown slope surface mortar for public construction works.

* Note: NETIS
Set up in 1998, NETIS is an information system that registers superior new, privately developed technologies to enable their prompt, efficient use in public works projects.

Metallic lath (hole diameter φ2–50) is currently used as reinforcement material in air-blown slope surface mortar. However, unlike cast-concrete castings, there are disadvantages, as cracks caused by shrinkage when drying can easily develop due to, for example, the large surface area (wide and thin) and because of the difficulties associated with uniform curing (constant exposure to direct sunlight and the weather), as well as the direct influence of the ground (water, heat, geological features). The cost of repairs is also a major factor. Furthermore, construction work necessitates that traffic on roads in the immediate vicinity be regulated for an extended period of time, which has had an impact on people's everyday lives as well as on the environment.

KURALON (Product No. RFS400×18), which Kuraray developed in 2003 to have high tensile strength and to chemically bond to cement, achieves high crack resistance and improves freeze-thaw durability when mixed with mortar and air is blown across its surface. In addition, in cases where conventional methods such as metallic lath are omitted, KURALON also has the effect of shortening construction times as a result of the labor and manpower savings and reducing costs, while retaining the construction site's aesthetics.

Kuraray will endeavor to widely utilize cement-reinforcing KURALON's economic advantages and its ability to protect the living environment and improve conservation effectiveness, not only on newly formed but also on aging slope surfaces that are in need of repair.

* Note
NETIS Registration No. CG-070010
Technology name: Cement-reinforcing KURALON for air-blown slope surface mortar

Overview of Cement-Reinforcing KURALON for Air-Blown Slope Surface Mortar

1. Special Features

  • Reduces cracking caused by shrinkage
  • Improves freeze-thaw durability
  • Saves labor and manpower, shortens construction times, enables aesthetics to be retained (In cases where the conventional metallic lath method is omitted, can shorten the length of time that traffic on roads in the immediate vicinity has to be regulated.)
  • Enables mixing by means of a standard blowing system (simple equipment installed on site)

2. Utilization Record

More than 500,000m² on national highways and expressways using air-blown mortar from industrial waste disposal sites.

3. Price

¥1,500 per kilo
(excluding consumption tax and freight costs; not applicable in Okinawa and on outlying islands)
Bags contain 15kg

Price per m² at an air-blown thickness of 7cm ¥1,050
(At a recommended fiber loading of 10kg/m³)

4. Sales targets

In the first year after NETIS registration: 200 tons, ¥300 million
After three years: 500 tons, ¥750 million